Vermont Humanities Council

May 11, 2010


Vermont Humanities Council

11 Loomis Street

Montpelier, Vermont


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“One day, to her own surprise, she realized that she was no longer thinking of going back home to Kosovo. Not because she thought America was a perfect country. If it were a perfect country, Baba would have a good job by now, and Mama wouldn’t have to clean motel rooms. Being Muslim or Christian or Jewish or nothing at all wouldn’t matter, and the president wouldn’t be talking about going to war in yet another Muslim land. Perhaps, though, there were no perfect countries. America was their new beginning . . .”

– Meli Lleshi, eleven-year-old Albanian girl who arrives in Vermont from Kosovo


Vermont Reads 2010 – May 14 Deadline
Your Community is Invited to Apply

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Katherine Paterson Author Visits

Saturday, May 15, Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Discussion group for adults * dramatic readings * discussion group for kids * Bosnian music and dance * visit and remarks by Senator Patrick Leahy * address and book signing by Katherine Paterson * refreshments


Sunday, May 16, Lyndon Town House, Lyndon Center, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Balkan Children’s Chorus * book discussion * dramatic reading * Bosnian music and dance * address and book signing by Katherine Paterson * refreshments


Full Schedule for the Barre and Lyncon Center Events Here

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* * Just Published * *

The Day of the Pelican
by Katherine Paterson

The story of an Albanian family’s journey from the Balkans to Vermont

Katherine Paterson’s new book, The Day of the Pelican, recounts the journey of a Muslim family fleeing ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and landing in Vermont. With Paterson’s characteristic balance of sensitivity and openness to life’s difficult passages, the powerful story conveys a sense of the experiences of many of our newest Vermonters. Examining such themes as cultural conflict, the rule of law, intolerance, compassion, and resilience, this compelling book holds much food for thought and countless lessons for readers of all ages.

An Invitation to Vermont Communities

Read and explore The Day of the Pelican with community-based activities for students and adults. Vermont Reads brings communities together around stories, ideas, and activities that are important to the life of towns of all sizes. Libraries, other nonprofit organizations, and schools may apply; collaboration among organizations and businesses is strongly encouraged.

Read and Explore with Your Community

* Receive FREE copies of the book for your community.

* Attend author events with Katherine Paterson.

* Host book discussions, gather refugee, immigrant, and family and community oral histories, and celebrate the Balkan cultures.

* Listen to Vermont Public Radio’s programming about the book and an author interview.

Apply in One of Two Rounds

Applications are due May 14, 2010 (summer and fall events). Applications are online at or call 802.262.2626 x304.


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